So yeah, as a Lennon fan, I was all happy like about the new Pacifica Instant Karma Facial Cleansing Oil ($16)! Pacifica Instant Karma Facial Cleansing Oil is one of several new Pacifica Skincare Fall 2015 launches that’s on sale now at Ulta. I mentioned sale because please, if you’re interested in this or any of the other new products like perhaps the Jasmine Iris Oil Control Primer I featured grab it now. I thought some of these products were vastly overpriced so I was very happy Ulta had them on sale!
Take a look at my thoughts on the Pacifica Instant Karma Facial Cleansing Oil below!
Pacifica Instant Karma Facial Cleansing Oil is a mineral oil-free cleansing oil that was created using a blend of sunflower, avocado, argan, and jojoba oil. This is choke full of beneficial oils that’s for sure but that’s about the extent of the good. Some of that is ruined though as this does contain fragrance. I don’t mind fragrance in my skincare but it can be irritating to certain skin types.
First off this comes housed in a glass 1.6 oz bottle with a dropper. Ummmm wow…cute packaging, very pretty, but totally not a good idea. I don’t want glass anything, anywhere in my bathroom. I’ve been known to drop my cleansers on my bathroom floor and they survive the fall. Because hey, when your hands are wet sometimes accidents happen yes? But I have a feeling this won’t survive a drop! Also the dropper is messy to use! Every time I used the oily it ended up on the rim of the bottle and made a mess. So yeah, although quite cute and even vanity worthy this particular packaging isn’t meant for cleansing oil. Needless to say the $16 price tag for a mere 1.6 oz is absurd to the limits. That’s quite a small amount for nearly $20 bucks.
Now, Pacifica Instant Karma Facial Cleansing Oil would make a FINE facial oil but a cleansing oil not so much. They recommend using two to three drops on your face and massage it in and proceed to rinse with warm water after. Unfortunately, it basically feels like applying a face oil and washing your face after. So you have this really thick, slick film of oil on your face that proves impossible to rinse off as it doesn’t emulsify or break down the way a normal cleansing oil would. As I worked it in and finally rinsed it off I felt more like I was pushing my makeup around my face versus actually cleaning my face. As I rinse the water simply beaded off my face so it kinda sealed my foundation on versus breaking it down and washing it away. After I rinsed I had to wet a wash cloth and rub quite harshly to break down the oily film left behind. Needless to say this is NOT FOR OILY SKIN!
I mean, if they created this as a face oil it would probably feel nice. After I used it my face felt nicely hydrated. Clean? No! But hydrated? Yes. Unfortunately, I ended up having to rewash my face with my normal cleanser as this removed about 2% of my makeup.
The idea is nice and the formula quite lovely and hydrating but without any way to emulsify it’s just pushing the makeup around on your face versus cleansing it!
Pacifica Instant Karma Facial Cleansing Oil is available now at Ulta and Ulta.com but buyer beware this is a costly cleansing oil that doesn’t really cleanse all that well!